Helloooo, I’m alive!
I was in Nashville visiting some of my friends the past couple days, so I decided to let the blogging world go on without me for a few days. While I fully intend to catch up my usual reads, it was nice to be in the zone spending time with friends. This next week is my last week finishing up everything school related- three tests and one paper! I am so close to that graduate degree.
I had such a great time in Nashville and enjoyed a lot of good eats. Today I am sharing all the goodies from Monday. As you may see I was in vacation mode, fully enjoying it all. Nashville is my favorite place to vacation, because who I consider to be my “soul sisters” live there. Plus my brother while he’s in college. I’d love to live there one day. Look forward to a more detailed post about my trip soon!
The morning began with a simple breakfast, much different than my usual breakfasts.
Breakfast: potato skins with butter (leftover from a recipe I made for dinner the night before), two scrambled eggs, and some diced pineapple. Coffee of course.
Later in the morning I had a spoonful of peanut butter.
For lunch we went to Sloco, a restaurant I learned about from watching Chopped. The owner was on one of the episodes and I told Terry that if he won, we would have to go when we were there. What do you know? He won!
Lunch: Vegan meatball sub (meatballs made from quinoa with Daiya cheese) plus a few salt & vinegar kettle chips.
I was so happy that the owner himself was there. Very cool meeting him! I loved that they had large jars for water. We made a toast to being together.
After walking around the area near Sloco, Rachel suggested we try out a popular popsicle place, Los Paletas. I opted for the pistachio flavored one. It was so refreshing on a warm day!
Don’t think dessert stopped there. My friend Anna is the shopkeeper for one of the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream stores in Nashville. I couldn’t not stop by her shop to see her while I was there. After sampling several of them, I settled for the darkest chocolate and espresso flavors. Seriously the best ice cream ever.
(I like to eat ice cream with the sample spoon so I can savor it for longer!)
Dinner was later that night after hunger (somewhat) struck again. We opted for Moe’s (burritos for $5 on Monday’s!). I was in the mood for all the veggies!
Dinner: burrito bowl with light rice, chicken, corn, pico, salsa, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, southwest slaw, and three different salsas. I didn’t eat the jalapenos because one of the salsas was literal fire in my mouth.
Post-dinner activities included lounging around and playing word games. I snacked on one Paige’s Graze box surprises. Checking out all her good looking snacks made me want to try Graze out again! (sorry for the terrible picture)
Looking over this day of eats, I have to tell you- I am so happy to live a life without food rules or restrictions. Do I eat two desserts everyday? No. Then again, how often do I get the opportunity have two special desserts in one day? Acknowleding special occassions is just one step in appreciating them. Remind yourself, “wow, I hardly to get to spend time with these friends, I’m going to be present for every moment. I am going to taste and feel every bit of it.” (Bonus points if it tastes like chocolate 😉 )
You tell me-
Favorite place to vacation?
Do you like to try restaurants that are featured on the Food Network?